We all have “those” kinds of days sometimes. Days when you just don’t feel like leaving the house. Days when you just don’t feel like cleaning up, entertaining, being sociable or having to cook an elaborate meal for your hungry family. Occasionally when days like these come up I head down to my local grocery store and purchase a “hot and ready” in store chicken to take home for supper. We really enjoy this convenience food and although it’s still convenient and not all that healthy due to all the added salt etc it’s far healthier than eating at a fast food restaurant and MUCH cheaper.
We pick up a small bird for 8.99 that’s ready to go and eat and I purchase some quick and easy veggies like corn on the cob to whip up at home.
The 3 of us, Evan Jason and I eat a bit of the chicken but there are always left overs which gets turned into a fabulous chicken salad for sandwiches for the next day. Not only does it feed us for dinner one night but it handles lunch the next day too. And then I use the carcass of the bird to make some of the tastiest chicken soup we’ve ever had.
Here’s how I make chicken salad sandwiches.
Take the meat off the bone making sure there are no bones or cartilage and throw them into a bowl. Break the chicken up with your fingers into small pieces then add a scoop of mayonnaise. Dice finely 2 or 3 stalks of celery and throw into the bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. I always add a bit of cayenne pepper to make it a little spicy, and a bit of paprika for taste. Spread across pieces of bread to make your sandwiches and you’re done! Quick and easy.
Here’s how I make soup.
Take the chicken carcass and boil it on a pot on the stove. Boil it until all the meat falls off the bones. Let the pot cool then place in the fridge and scoop the solidified fat off the surface of the broth. (I like to leave a little in mine because a little fat adds flavor to the soup) Pick all the meat off rest of the bones if there is any and remove bones from soup. Toss the bones. I usually put my soup through a sieve and then go through the meat to make sure no one is going to choke on a bone.
Take veggies you have in the fridge available and chop em up and add to the soup. I like to put in carrots, left over rice, potatoes, onion and celery, garlic. Then I add salt and pepper for flavor and you can add other things too to add flavor. Bay leaves, oregano, parsley – whatever you have kicking around the kitchen.
For 8.99 plus your left over veggies you get 3 meals. It’s really a steal of a deal.
If you don’t want to make the broth into a soup you can put it into a tupper ware container and freeze it for next time you need broth. The chicken salad will keep in the fridge for a few days – but must be used fairly quickly.
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